Lung Transplant Program
Lung Transplant Program

Transplant Center

Lung Transplant Program

  • Overview
  • Transplant Process
  • Meet Our Team

Transplant Process

Pre-Transplant Evaluation

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers specialized care programs for a number of conditions that may require lung transplant surgery when other treatments have not been effective.

Pre-transplant patients will undergo a number of evaluations and tests across different specialties, which may vary depending on the person’s age and medical history. A holistic evaluation will follow, along with recommendations from our specialized lung transplant surgeons.

Transplant Surgery

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is able to provide all surgical options for lung transplants including single and double lung transplantation.

The duration of the surgery varies and may take up to 10 hours. Rigorous preparation is done by all caregivers at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi with the patient and his or her family to ensure the best possible medical outcome and comfort of the patient’s loved ones.

Post-Transplant Treatment

Post-transplant care is centered primarily on close monitoring for signs that the organ is being rejected, or that the patient is developing an infection.

Follow-up support for post-surgery patients includes regular consultations with a pulmonologist specializing in lung transplant care. Specific tests that may be conducted include:

  • Pulmonary function tests: A range of tests used to measure how well the patient is able to breathe in and out, and how efficiently the lungs provide oxygen to the blood.
  • Blood tests: A blood sample will be taken and analyzed at our lab.
  • Kidney function tests: Blood and urine tests may be used to assess how well the kidneys are filtering waste products from the blood.
  • Anti-rejection medication level measurement: After a lung transplant, patients will be given immunosuppressant drugs to prevent rejection. The levels of these medications will be monitored by the post-transplant team.

In select patients, bronchoscopy may be used to check for acute rejection or acute infections. If lung transplant complications are identified, the Lung Transplant program will provide appropriate treatment.

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Meet Our Team

The Lung Transplant program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes:

  • Pulmonologists
  • Thoracic surgeons
  • Radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Specialized nurses

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has recruited experts in each of these disciplines from around the world, and is uniquely able to diagnose and provide care for patients using internationally-recognized best practices.

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